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Peter D. Feaver, Professor

Peter D. Feaver
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Office Phone:  (919) 660-4331
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Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • POLSCI 497S-3.01, SENIOR SEMINAR IN SPC Synopsis
    Gross Hall 111, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
    Gross Hall 104, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Office Hours:

Monday 9:00-10:00,
Wednesday 10:00-11:00 & by appointment

PhD, Harvard University, 1990
A.M., Harvard University, 1986
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Lehigh University, 1983

International Relations
Security, Peace, & Conflict
Research Interests: Security Studies, Civil-Military Relations and Nuclear Weapons

Peter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard, 1990) is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) and also Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS). From June 2005 to July 2007, Feaver was on leave to be Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy, regional strategy reviews, and other political-military issues. Feaver is author of Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations (Harvard Press, 2003) and of Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992). He is co-author, with Christopher Gelpi and Jason Reifler, of Paying the Human Costs of War (Princeton University Press, 2009), co-author, with Susan Wasiolek and Anne Crossman, of Getting the Most Out of College (Ten Speed Press, 2008), and co-author, with Christopher Gelpi, of Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force (Princeton University Press, 2004). He is co-editor, with Richard H. Kohn, of Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security (MIT Press, 2001). He has published numerous other monographs, scholarly articles, book chapters, and policy pieces on American foreign policy, public opinion, nuclear proliferation, civil-military relations, information warfare, and U.S. national security. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and blogs at shadow.foreignpolicy.com. In 1993-94, Feaver served as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy review, counterproliferation policy, regional nuclear arms control, and other defense policy issues.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. P.D. Feaver, What do Policymakers Want From Academic Experts on Nuclear Proliferation?, MonkeyCage, WashingonPost.com (July 8, 2014) .
  2. P.D. Feaver, Penalty Box: How Sanctions Trap Policymakers, ForeignAffairs.com (June 6, 2014) .
  3. P.D. Feaver, Shadow Government, ForeignPolicy.Com (2014)  [author's comments].
  4. P.D. Feaver, Eight Myths about American Grand Strategy, in Forging American Grand Strategy: Securing a Path Through A Complex Future (October, 2013), Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College .
  5. P.D. Feaver, James Golby, and Kyle Dropp, Listening to the Generals: How Military Advice Affects Public Support for the Use of Force (April, 2013), Center for New American Security .

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